Patch asked questions of each candidate running for Port Washington Water District commissioner. Here is Dennis Swiacki's response.
Patch: Why are you running for water commissioner?
Dennis Swiacki: My decision to run for water commissioner stems primarily from my desire to serve our community. I have great pride in Port Washington and when thinking of the ways that I could help to not only maintain but to improve our town I realized that my experience and ambition could best be put to use in this position.
Patch: What do you see as the issues that need addressing?
DS: Well, of course, it is the responsibilities of the water commissioners to maintain the highest level of safe drinking water possible. To maintain the equipment we have and look to the future for any technology that will help keep the current water standards we all now enjoy. Superstorm Sandy made us all think about what could happen to the water supply during a disaster, let's plan and be prepared.I will also help to guarantee the open bid process, which allows for a sound and fiscal budget as well as the highest standards in workmanship.
Patch: What makes you uniquely qualified for the position?
DS: My life has provided me with a unique variety of experiences, which make me an exceptional candidate for water commissioner. I have been honored to serve as a volunteer fireman in Port Washington for over 20 years. The training and commitment has allowed me to work with many people and solve difficult problems. Along with this I have received specialized HAZMAT training which gives me a distinct perspective on water safety. As a small businessowner and taxpayer I greatly understand the imprtance of finances and a balanced budget. Overall I feel that my dynamic and driven personality make me an extraordinary fit for this position.
Patch: What would be your top priority as water commissioner?
DS: Being a proud resident of Port Washington for over five decades assures my goals will align with our entire community. I will provide safe and ample drinking water for current residents and generations to come while spending tax-payer money responsibly. As the water commissioner I will represent the great town of Port Washington honestly and hold the well being of all it's families in top priority. It is invaluable to have a representative with priorities that reflect the concerns of the people of Port Washington.
Editor's note: Special district elections in Port Washington take place Tuesday from 12-9 p.m. at the Polish American Cultural Association.